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The Days Accomplished

Luke 2:4-7,  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

If there were anyone who was certain that they were doing God’s will, it should have been Mary. She was literally carrying the will of God in her womb and could feel it move. Yet when it came time to birth…there was no room

There is a reality of God’s will in the womb of every one of us. Something that God has spoken and Holy Spirit has hovered over until it was conceived in us and the days will inevitably be “accomplished” when it should be delivered.

What then, when there is seemingly no room for it?

Physically.

Financially.

Relationally.

Circumstancially.

What then?

Or perhaps I should say, “What now?” because the truth of the matter is, that’s the juncture I’ve come to.

The birthing will not wait for me.

The contractions are setting in and the beautiful gift that God has given me this year, is the knowing.

For He that is mighty has done to me great things; and Holy is His name.

If God will bring forth His only Son, into a place where there was no room, no acceptance…for all of mankind…

He will do the same again for me, to accomplish His will.

His plans will be fulfilled, His Word carried out.

It’s time to take up the unapparent…unbecoming…uncommon… and birth.

Mary wasn’t looking for that place, was she?

She was carrying the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in her very womb.  Surely God would put her in the Hilton, with room service, right?  Breakfast in bed, a robe and slippers and a chocolate on her pillow…

No.

Those were just things.

Mary wasn’t looking for the place.

She wasn’t looking for the amenities of life.

She was looking for Him.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

I’m looking for Him.

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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Christmas, Prophecy, Provision

 

Forward March

And the God of peace shall crush Satan under your feet shortly. Romans 16:20

When the Roman soldiers would march, they would do so with a determination and a perseverance. They would move forward with marching orders that if anyone tried to interfere or hinder them, they were to keep walking. Even innocent bi-standers, who might fall into their path, were not to be pitied. They stopped for nothing.

Worse yet, the Roman soldiers had spikes on their feet, meant to secure their step on all terrain…ground breakers.

If you got in their way…you were as good as dead. You would be struck down and trampled…without mercy.

Within the past two years, specific prophesy has come concerning “March”. As much as I have perceived it to be “seasonal” or time specific, I believe it to be more of an attitude we are to take in this hour. God is giving “marching orders” to those who are willing and to those who have shod their feet with the preparation with the gospel of peace.

Not only is it our responsibility to dress for engagement…but we must actually engage. (Ephesians 6)

You see, Jesus has already crushed the head of the enemy. Satan is defeated!

We are simply taking sure steps…treading in a path well laid by our Savior. He has ordered our steps. (Psalm 37:23)

The God of peace does not expect us to be doormats..to lay down so that  there can be peace.

Peace is not our defense. Peace is the offense.

Peace is direct…instinctive…deliberate.

Peace bears the sword.

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The Rumor Mill

The spiritual world runs parallel with the natural.  Oftentimes, where truth abounds, a counterfeit will be manufactured. 

In light of this, I can’t help but be struck by what I’ve discovered in Matthew 9:26, And the fame of it went abroad throughout all of the land.

The word fame here literally means rumor.

We’re all familiar with the terminology, “There’s a rumor going ’round…” or “Rumor has it…”

Unfortunately, we have all been on both the giving and receiving end of such an exchange.

Slandering, gossip and falsities are nothing more than distraction from the true virtue and integrity intended for the body of Christ and the church.  

While we’re busy destroying one another…we’re assassinating  the fame of our Lord! 

Our arsenal wielded against righteousness  and carnal weapons…an enemy of God.

As we allow the counterfeit to take root in our relationships with one another, His fame is diminished!    

It’s time for the church to start spreading some rumors.

Rumors of the God kind.

The church should be the greatest rumor mill around.

Is Jesus Christ not worthy of our talk?

His is our Bright Fame!

 
 

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Give Place

Matthew 9:18-19 & 23-26

While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.

And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

 

Jesus is not interested in our noise.

Our uproar means nothing.

I can read this and pretend this doesn’t apply to me.

But it does.

How often do I make noise, thinking that it will get God’s attention?

How often do I join others in their noise making?

There’s a lot of noise going on in our world today.

A lot of noise on the internet and on the television.

And yes, there is noise in the church and behind the closed doors of our homes.

Rather than make noise over “dead” things…it’s time to give place.

Because what looks dead is really sleeping.

And all the noise in the world won’t wake it.

In the silence and the stillness, room is made for Jesus.

Resurrection power inhabits what noise cannot.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Confidence, Faith, Resurrection Power